Again I am so sure you do not need any introduction to the topic as all of you know even more about this topic than I do. Nigeria is my country. Just as I woke up some days ago, I saw an article online about how the capital of Nigeria, Abuja was established on stolen land. Then I asked myself, whose land? People from Congo or Bolivia? I really did not get the concept of Nigeria stealing the foundation where her capital was established. How can a mother steal meat from a pot of soup she just finished preparing for her family? Oh Nigeria. Why have you been making headlines the world over?
On the day you were supposed to celebrate your 53rd Independence anniversary, your citizens in Turkey who were tired of the suffering and smiling syndrome stated by one of your finest musicians, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti went all the way from Istanbul to your Embassy located in Ankara. A distance of 453.6 km they might have covered in 4 hrs 36 mins if they flew, and over half a day if they went by road. These were absolutely fed up with the way things were being run. But then again I remember an incident almost like this one, that occurred in Canada some months ago. Some Nigerians who went to the Nigerian Embassy in Canada for help with their documents where all disappointed as they were all stranded because the Embassy was not functioning at that moment. We did not hear anything about that case afterwards though.
Have we been suffering and Smiling? Nigeria has been adjudged a happiness-ridden country at least twice in recent years. In 2003, the UK’s New Scientist magazine conducted a survey that found that Nigeria had the highest percentage of happy people in the world. Seven years later, another survey, a Gallup poll this time, found that Nigeria had the world’s highest rates of optimism. With the Arab spring , many thought Nigeria would follow the band wagon other prayed for it, but Nigerians are very strong believers in supernaturally ordered destiny. A trait which cannot afford them to wage war against their own (Do not say boko haram). You are sure to find Nigerians insisting — erroneously, of course — that suicide, and revolutionary uprising, is an un-Nigerian act. That is why some Nigerians believe that Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab did not complete his task of detonating an explosive device in his underwear aboard a flight to Detroit, on Christmas day 2009. The believe is that a Nigerian cannot stand the thought of self-inflicted death. And this is why, when a suicide bomber attacked the Nigeria Police headquarters (The Louis Edet House) in Abuja June 2010, early reports said he was from a neighboring country. Maybe o.oo1 percent of the population oppose this opinion.
Believe it or yes!, Since gaining its independence in 1960, Nigeria has been under the radar of the world. Every Nation of the earth has been secret admirers of Nigeria. A majority of which live in denial of that fact, well that does not make it less of a truth. The huge flow of oil wealth means the government does not rely on taxpayers for its income, I am sure most tax paying Nations are jealous. lol.
Why is the world so afraid of Nigeria? A clearer opinion soonest.
“Fellow countrymen and women, I, Brigadier Sani Abacha, of the Nigerian army address you this morning on behalf of the Nigerian armed forces.
You are all living witnesses to the great economic predicament and uncertainty, which an inept and corrupt leadership has imposed on our beloved nation for the past four years. I am referring to the harsh, intolerable conditions under which we are now living. Our economy has been hopelessly mismanaged.
Yet our leaders revel in squandermania, corruption and indiscipline, and continue to proliferate public appointments in complete disregard of our stark economic realities. After due consultations over these deplorable conditions, I and my colleagues in the armed forces have in the discharge of our national role as promoters and protectors of our national interest decided to effect a change in the leadership of the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and form a Federal Military Government. This task has just been completed.” (Sani Abacha December 1, 1984).
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